Today I want to introduce you to Heather. Heather has multiple sclerosis and began training with me in August 2016. She can't control the fact that she has MS, but there is a lot she can control. She has taken control of her health by adding strength training and cardio to her regimen. The success you will read about below is what happens with consistency; these changes don't happen overnight. Pay close attention to this sentence, "Best of all, I have more energy than I’ve had in a very long time. The chronic fatigue and frequent pain I have struggled with for years even when not dealing with a MS relapse, are gone."
"On August 8, 2016, I had my first strength training workout with my trainer, Kim Bouldin. As I walked out of Clear Rock that evening, I remember feeling amazed at what I had just accomplished physically, mentally and emotionally. Less than 2 weeks before this, I was struggling with the worst relapse I have had with Multiple Sclerosis since being diagnosed in 2003. For more than 2 weeks I could barely get out of bed and when I did, I had to use a cane. I couldn’t work or take care of my family; I struggled to even take care of myself. I decided something had to change and that NOW was the time to make a change. I can’t change the fact that I have MS and other health challenges, but there was, and is, a lot I CAN change.
It’s hard to believe that it has been less than 5 months since my first workout with Kim. I am working out with Kim consistently 2 times per week. By the end of August, I also started doing the Tread cardio classes at Clear Rock once or twice a week and gradually added more cardio on my own. I feel like a different person.
Physically, I am down 4 pants sizes and 3 top sizes. (Clothes shopping is actually fun now!) Muscles that I didn’t even know I had are becoming strong and toned. Best of all, I have more energy than I’ve had in a very long time. The chronic fatigue and frequent pain I have struggled with for years even when not dealing with a MS relapse, are gone.
Mentally and emotionally I feel stronger and healthier than I have ever felt. I have been overweight my entire life, watching my weight go up and down as I tried and tried, but could never stick to a healthy regimen for very long. I can honestly say, for the first time, that fitness and eating healthy is no longer a means to an end. This is my lifestyle now and because of the positive impact on my life, I am confident that I WILL continue. My attitude and motivation changed from “I have to lose weight”, to “I want to be healthy and feel better”. I love that I have finally found a way to be active and stay healthy that I truly enjoy and look forward to doing.
Yes, I am losing weight, but even if the scale said the same thing today as it did on August 7th, I would still continue because of all of the other improvements. This new mindset, along with the support from my family and the encouragement and accountability from Kim and my friends at the studio is making the difference."
Trust in the process.